Francis X. Bushman

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Heavy-built major star of the silent era, Bushman was once known as "the handsomest man in the world." He began acting with stock companies while still a boy, remaining a stage actor until he entered film in 1911, beginning with the Essanay company in Chicago. At one time a sculpter's model, Bushman had a beautiful physique which, combined with his handsome looks, soon propelled him to stardom in pre '20s silents; he rushed from one movie set to another, playing romantic leads in scores of films and becoming immensely popular with female viewers. His popularity took a nose-dive, however, after it was revealed that he had been secretly married to actress Beverly Bayne, his costar in many films including Romeo and Juliet (1916). He continued to perform in numerous films, leading up to his most famous role as the Roman Massala (Ramon Novarro's screen rival) in the silent Ben-Hur (1926). During the silent era he made more than a million dollars a year, but his fortune was entirely lost in the Crash of 1929. By the early '30s his film career was all but over, though he rebuilt himself financially by becoming a star of radio soap operas. After 1930 he appeared in films only sporadically, though some of his roles were still of interest. His last appearance was in a schlocky low-budget '60s production, The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini (1966, the year of his death).

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Ghost in the Invisible Bikini Malcolm 1966
No Score Yet The Phantom Planet Sessom 1961
No Score Yet 12 to the Moon Narrator 1960
No Score Yet The Story of Mankind Moses 1957
92% Sabrina Mr. Tyson 1954
96% The Bad and the Beautiful Eulogist 1953
No Score Yet Apache Country Cmdr. Latham 1952
83% David and Bathsheba King Saul 1951
No Score Yet Hollywood Story Francis X. Bushman - Old-time Movie Star 1951
No Score Yet Desert Command Schmidt 1946
88% Wilson Barney Baruch 1944
No Score Yet Silver Queen Creditor 1942
No Score Yet Mr. Celebrity Francis X. Bushman 1941
No Score Yet Thoroughbreds Don't Cry Race Steward 1937
No Score Yet Dick Tracy Anderson 1937
No Score Yet The Murder Man Pendleton 1935
No Score Yet The Sins of the Children Ludwig 1930
No Score Yet The Girl Said No McAndrews 1930
No Score Yet Midnight Faces Actor 1926
100% Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ Messala 1926
No Score Yet Eyes Right! Ted Winters 1926
100% The Marriage Circle Actor 1924


93% Batman
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